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Hartman Earns Multiple ‘Player of the Week’ Honors

Hailee L. Hartman

Penn College junior Hailee L. Hartman earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s top honor when she was named the Division III Women’s Player of the Week. The award comes a day after she was named Player of the Week by the North Eastern Athletic Conference – both mark the first time any player at Penn College has garnered either award. A nursing major, Hartman helped lead her teammates to two wins on the week, improving their record to 5-3-1 overall (4-0 NEAC) and tallying 11 points for herself. The junior forward from Lampeter recorded five goals for the week, two of which came in the second half of the Wildcats’ 5-0 blanking of Wilson College. She went on to record a hat trick and an assist in the Wildcats’ 6-1 defeat of Gallaudet University. Hartman is currently second in the conference, with 18 points on the year, and is tied for NEAC lead in goals with eight.

Culinary Grad Wins National Competition

Paul “PJ” Lemoncelli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2006, was named the Best In-Flight Executive Chef of 2016 during the International Flight Services Association’s annual chefs competition. Four competing chefs were tasked with preparing an appetizer and entrée in 30 minutes, using five required ingredients. Lemoncelli is an executive chef at the Moosic location for Preferred Meals. Preferred Meals provides nutritious meals to schools and senior citizen facilities, as well as airlines, military, health care, private-label and co-packing businesses.

Short Video Touts Career Opportunities for Cyber Security Grads

Where can graduates of Penn College’s information assurance and cyber security bachelor’s degree expect to work? Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, provides possible avenues for fulfilling careers in a short Guggenheim Productions video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “The hacker needs one way in and, as a professional, you have to protect against all possible ways in,” Gorka tells cyber security major Ryan Monteleone. “So we have the harder job, which makes it more exciting and more fun.”

Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.

Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...

... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."

Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.

The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008. Evans’ talk will soon be posted to Penn College’s YouTube channel; watch PCToday for notification.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Human Services Class Lends Expertise to Community Challenge

Some of the students in the Community and Organizational Change course discuss logistics in support of the Community Challenge. From left are Holly N. Engel, Montoursville; Sabrina A. Schubert, Clarks Summit; Brooke L. Gray, Muncy; Mandy M. Myers, Duke Center; Travis R. Neyhart, Jersey Shore; and Tierney N. Lookingbill, York. All of the students are enrolled in the applied human services major.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are lending their expertise to an important local cause – the Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

This year’s Community Challenge offers two events: the Salvation Army 10K & 20K Trail Race, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., and the Salvation Army Community Challenge 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

Ten students in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course are devoting their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor that raises funds to support the local Salvation Army’s tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.

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Colloquium Speaker Interviewed by Sunbury Radio Station

Gary A. Sojka

Former Bucknell University President Gary A. Sojka, whose “Feeding the Future: Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” kicks off Penn College’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series next week, was interviewed on WKOK radio Wednesday morning. Sojka discussed with “On the Mark” co-hosts Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan his campus appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. (After the group covered a number of topics, the colloquium was discussed at the 55-minute mark of the archived audio.)

All the Tasty Trappings, With None of the Travel!

Automotive student Gibreel B. Conteh, of Philadelphia, feeds an appetite as big as his smile.

Mary E. Haines (left) and Barbara A. Kohler are among the Dining Services workers ...

... serving up succulent clams ...

... and shrimp and sausage.

Awash in camaraderie and clad in lobster bibs are (from left) students Cameron Brown, of Tower City; Taylor Delp, of New Berlin; Maura K. Mengel, of Mount Carmel; Haydn T. VanDyk, of Ramsey, N.J.; and Jordan A. Sims, of Norristown.

The Keystone Dining Room was the setting for a “Low Country Boil” Thursday evening, when students enjoyed the Southern coastal equivalent of a New England clambake – heaping portions of shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes and andouille sausage prepared by Penn College Dining Services.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Six Graduate From Latest ShaleNET ‘Roustabout’ Class

Meredith places a hard hat on his son, one of seven family members to share in the success of Meredith and his brother.

This fall's class (from left): Meredith, Bergquist, Johns, Landi, Hilfiger and Baer.

A safety vest and calculator depict the blend of skills acquired by Tuesday's graduates during their combination of classroom and on-site instruction.

Bergquist receives his certificate from Bubb as Mendell looks on.

Hilfiger, who previously operated heavy equipment for the natural gas industry, said the 15-day course “opens up the field for me more and has given me more knowledge.”

Six students in the ShaleNET training program – including two brothers and three alumni of Penn College or its immediate predecessor – received their Ready to Work Field Service Worker & Roustabout certificates at a Tuesday ceremony near Allenwood. Graduating during afternoon proceedings at the Energy Technology and Education Center were Jessica A. Baer, Antes Fort; brothers Dakota W. Berquist and Lathan Meredith III, Williamsport; Richard Hilfiger, Mansfield; Dennis M. Johns, Wellsboro; and Brock H. Landi, Williamsport. The brothers were introduced to ShaleNET by their father, who underwent natural gas training through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department. Johns earned an associate degree in civil engineering from Williamsport Area Community College, while Landi (2004, electronics engineering technology: communications/fiber optics emphasis) and Baer (2001, building construction technology: masonry emphasis) are Penn College alums. Each of the graduates spoke during the event in the ETEC classroom; also participating were Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and Daniel R. Mendell and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructors.

Setting the Stage for Making Memories

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, is assisted by Emily K. Helmus, an applied management major from Middletown, and Austin R. Ayars, of Easton, enrolled in business administration: banking and finance concentration. Both are members of the Student Government Association executive board.

The waters of the Veterans' Fountain adopt a Wildcat Blue tint for Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Adorned with lyrics from the college alma mater, a landmark stands ready for weekend photo ops.

Preparations for Homecoming & Family Weekend at Penn College include the traditional dyeing of the Veterans’ Fountain by General Services and student helpers and the painting of the campus rock by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist.
First two photos by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities

Penn College Hosting ‘Fall Brawl 2016’ Robotic Design Competition

A student group at Pennsylvania College of Technology is inviting community members to join the fight by participating in “Fall Brawl 2016” on Oct. 22. The event will feature small robots engaging in big battles for bragging rights.

Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “beetleweight” robots (maximum of three pounds) before engaging in “combat” to determine the toughest bot.

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Students Celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Members of the Penn College surgical technology class of 2017 gather for National Surgical Technologists Week. Standing (from left) are Travis J. Honicker, of Coal Township; Katelyn M. Bittner, of Williamsport; Melina S. Digruttola, of Spring Grove; Kelob J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Sydney N. Caurvina, of Portage; Cynthia M. Wilt, of Hughesville; Sarah J. Palm, of Hesston; Janell M. Remensnyder, of Alexandria; and Michael R. Harer of Williamsport. Seated front (from left) are Megan L. Hawk, of Williamsport; Daniele A. Hebert, of Mechanicsburg; Cindy M. Ruiz, of Easton; and Rebecca L. Knee, of Williamsport.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major joined hospitals and colleges throughout the country in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 18-24.

National Surgical Technologists Week is a promotional event by the Association of Surgical Technologists to celebrate those who work in the field. This year’s theme was “Get Hooked.” To help educate others about the field of surgical technology, surgical technology students set up a display in the Madigan Library.

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Who Designs the Future?

Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.

In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: As detailed in the first episode of the “Working Class” television series, a knack for design and creativity is essential to other fields, including science, math, engineering and technology. Read “Who Designs the Future?

Penn College Students Compete in IDEAL Event

Electrical technology major Joseph L. Brubaker, of Port Trevorton, displays the digital multimeter he earned for recording the fastest time during the recent IDEAL National Championship qualifying event at Penn College. With Brubaker (from left) are: Eric W. Newcomer, electrical technology/occupations lecturer at the college; James Knight, of IDEAL; and Nick Smith, of Schaedler Yesco.

Approximately 20 Pennsylvania College of Technology students in electrical-related majors recently sharpened their skills by competing in an IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus.

Geared to support and promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional IDEAL tools, such as wire connectors, wire strippers, screwdrivers, testers and lineman’s pliers. Students were timed on how quickly they successfully completed all the tasks.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Begin Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 academic year at Penn College are, first row (from left): Alexandra M. Lehman, Dianna R. Weaver, Kayla M. Jackson and Morgan N. Keyser. Second row (from left): Bryan M. Behm, Lindsey A. King, Michelle D. Kachick and Erin N. Shaffer. Third row (from left): David M. Zlotnicki, Semeon R. DeBarros, Alexander R. Wetzel, Cassandra D. Henderson, Kelsey L. McKenrick and Logan M. Tubiello. Fourth row (from left): Efrem K. Foster, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Garrett D. Corneliussen, Ryan Monteleone and Jonathan R. Hendrickson.

Nineteen students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, involvement, academic achievement and campus pride, the student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college.

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Penn College Women Stay Unbeaten in NEAC

Sparked by the offensive play of junior Hailee Hartman, who had five goals, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team put together a 2-1 week and stayed unbeaten in North Eastern Athletic Conference action.

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